Icon Text in XP

Dear Computer Lady,

The wording under the icons on my Desktop aren’t “transparent”, they are contained in boxes which makes it very hard to see the background I have on my Desktop.

How do I go about making those darn “boxes” go away ? I am running OS Windows XP w/SP2 and I do not have a recent restore point (I know…..shame on me), so a LOT of things would get screwed up if that’s my only alternative to fixing this, and in that case I’ll just leave it as is and forego the misery.

I’ve tried using different themes, etc. after right clicking on the Desktop and going to “Properties”, but nothing has worked.

Any light you could shed on this situation would be greatly appreciated !

Most kindest regards,



Dear Tami,

Here is how you make the background of your icon text transparent:

1. Click on “Start”, then click on Control Panel. 2. Click on the System icon. (You might need to click on “Performance and Maintenance” first) 3. Click on the “Advanced” tab. 4. Click on “Settings” 5. Under the Visual Effects” tab, click to remove the check mark from “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop” 6. Click OK twice to save your settings and close the windows.


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